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The Road by Cormac McCarthy
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Jul 17, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: post-apocalypse, book-to-film, dystopia

Chilling, unrelenting, and a damn good read. Readers be warned: The Road should not be picked up at late hours unless one is prepared to spend the night with a head full of dark dreams. Cormac McCarthy writes from the edge of human reason with this apocalyptic exploration, delving into subject matter ranging from the bitter lengths of survival, a brittle father-son relationship, and the constant presence of death on the road.

McCarthy pits sparse, naked writing against the human imagination and allows his readers to fill in the details more often during fearful scenes. Some issues were taken with his tendency to use incomplete sentences and the sometimes stagnant dialogue between the man and the boy. Though, in his defense, it is hard to imagine survivors having much to talk about between each other.

Ideal for: dapplers in dystopias; survival guide enthusiasts; folks who speculate over the end of the world/apocalypse scenarios; readers not squeamish over the presence of cannibalism in their fiction.

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